5-5 | Manila, Philippines is set to host the 18th round of the multilateral trade deal - the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) that encompasses 50% of the global population. With the Philippines holding the chairmanship of ASEAN for 2017, it can be an opportune time for Philippines to take the lead in ensuring that market gains will not trump the right of millions of people to access affordable medicines.
South Sudan: Thousands of newly displaced in Northern Bahr el Ghazal in desperate need of humanitarian support
2-5 | Thousands of people fleeing violence in the contested border area between Sudan and South Sudan are in desperate need of food, water and medical care. MSF has launched an emergency intervention to assist them as they arrive, mostly empty-handed, in Northern Bahr el Ghazal state in South Sudan, where the humanitarian situation is already dire. According to local authorities, 1,542 households have arrived in Aweil North County in Northern Bahr el Ghazal state since October last year.
1-27 | Typhoon Haiyan, which ripped through the Philippines on 8th November 2013, was one of the worst storms in recorded history, claiming 6,300 lives and displacing over 4 million people. As one of the world's foremost providers of emergency relief, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) had dispatched teams to the affected areas within a day of the super typhoon making landfall.
12-7 | What is the situation at the moment?Typhoon Hagupit made landfall at approximately 9.15pm yesterday evening in the city of Dolores in eastern Samar. Dolores is a big city but it is not as dense as Tacloban, which as we saw last year was devastated when typhoon Haiyan hit. So far we don't have much information, and exactly what is going on in Samar is unclear as power and communication were cut across most of the island.
8-14 | It has been nine months since Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines and MSF started its intervention in the country. In Guiuan, where the typhoon first struck the low lying island chain, MSF has finished the construction of a semi-permanent hospital – the Transitional Felipe Abrigo Memorial Hospital - to replace the original of that name, which was smashed and flooded beyond repair. MSF swiftly set up a tented hospital in the compound right after the typhoon to cover the urgent medical needs.